Tournament has balance
Several top teams knock each other off at the Berkeley Premier.
By SCOTT PURKS
Published October 2, 2004
TAMPA - The first day of the Berkeley Premier volleyball tournament went about as expected, which means there were a lot of long, competitive matches and no real upsets.
No upsets, that is, because anybody in the field of 16 is pretty much capable of beating anybody else.
Only four teams finished the first day undefeated at 2-0; one was defending champion Gainesville, which still had to go five and four close games against lower-seeded opponents.
Plant had an up-and-down night, losing to Winter Springs in five games, then following with what some might call an upset over host Berkeley Prep in a match that went 17-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-16, 15-8.
Tampa Prep, meantime, won its matches with about as much ease as anybody, beating Fort Myers in three games and Huntsville in four.
Pool play continues today with matches starting at 8 a.m. The semifinals are set for 4 p.m. with the final at 6.
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